Geraldine Green born Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, grew up in Ulverston, Cumbria. After 27 years of journeyings ‘here and there’ she returned to Ulverston, December 2010.
Her poetry draws upon her experience of growing up in an Irish Catholic, working class family in the North west of England and the tensions that created of placement/displacement. She also writes in response to her frequent travels to North America where she regularly performs her poetry, including:
Bowery Poetry Club, NYC, Cornelia Street Café, NYC; Huntington Poetry Barn, Long Island; Colony Cafe, Woodstock; the Woody Guthrie Festival Oklahoma http://www.woodyguthrie.com/ and Branford House, University of Connecticut.
Geraldine gained an MA in Creative Writing (Distinction) in 2005 from Lancaster University and has recently submitted her practice-based PhD in Creative Writing titled an ‘Exploration of Identity and Environment through Poetry’ to Lancaster University.
She’s a Visiting Lecturer in Creative Writing, Cumbria University, is a Freelance Creative Writing tutor and mentor, Adult Education tutor, organises poetry readings, is an Associate Editor of online magazine Poetry Bay, www.poetrybay.com and has recently completed her third collection, titled The Other Side of the Bridge.
Her first collection, The Skin, was published by Flarestack Publications in 2003.
The Land Songs – Geraldine Green, Joan Poulson and Charles Johnson, Flarestack Pubs. in 2003.
Is a religious poem possible in the early 21st century? Anthol. ed. David Hart, Flarestack 2004
Passio, Flarestack Pubs. 2006.
Creative writing workshop exercises have been published in: Writing Works, A Resource Handbook for Therapeutic Writing Workshops & Activities Jessica Kingsley Pubs. 2006.
Poems have appeared in a variety of anthologies and magazines in the UK, Italy and North America, including: Orbis, Tears in the Fence, Envoi, Peony Moon, http://peonymoon.wordpress.com/2011/05/16/geraldine-green-two-poems/ Smoke, Seventh Quarry, Poetry Cornwall, Citizen 32, Rain Dog, Obsessed with Pipework, Hortus Conclusus and in anthologies Primal Sanities – A Tribute to Walt Whitman (Allbook Books); On a Bat’s Wing (Five Leaves Press), Simply Connect (Cinnamon Press).
Geraldine has read widely in the UK, including: Wordsworth Trust, Grasmere, Dylan Thomas Centre, Swansea, International Women’s Arts Festival, Kendal and also in Italy and in Greece, including Poetry on the Lake, Orta, Italy (two poems highly commended)
She has worked on a number of collaborative projects with other artists, incuding The Oxford Concert Party http://www.oxfordconcertparty.org/ Digital Artist David Titley and Photographer Michael Poulter. Geraldine was fortunate to perfom alongside musician David Amram at The Woody Guthrie Festival http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Amram
“… there’s a freshness about her work that brought tears to my eyes. Real tears, like a child’s.” – Anne Stevenson, Mslexia OctNovDec 2003
“Passio is a high-wire act where risk, desire and accomplishment create poems of precarious and touching beauty. There is a mythic quality to much of the work here; each poem a mantra of what is possible if we’re prepared to become – and remain – astonished by our lives.” – Professor Graham Mort
“Her personal travails find quiet relief in the memories of her pilgrimage and travel, which in turn generously spice her poems. She conveys memories so naturally, whether imagined, evolutionary, or conscious. The past is always present through language and memory. They don’t exist without each other.” – Mary Jo Malo – Unlikely Stories
“Geraldine Green has to invent her own language to express her wonder and pity for the wasted world and its oiled words” – Giles Darvill, Reviewer, SOUTH Magazine
“And with both exuberance and sadness, on an uncharted adventure and uncertain in a backwater, and with a language that’s new-found, new-made for what is needed.” – David Hart, Freelance Writer/Poet
“Geraldine writes like no-one else, with a visionary imagination that seems in a direct line from Blake and the English Romantics.” – Charles Johnson, Poet, (former) Editor, Flarestack Pubs.
“Her infectious enthusiasm informs a created world which integrates the vocabulary of her locality with the universality of transcendent vision” – George Wallace NY Poet
“The Beloit Poetry, one of America’s most venerable, famously reads submissions aloud. If they read Geraldine Green’s poems aloud they will think inevitably of e e cummings’ regard for punctuation as impediment. Her very first poem, “Me and Janine,” is full of information and yet it tells its story—sings it—without punctuation simply because Green’s mind possesses unerring musicality. She thinks musically whereas some poets translate their thoughts into music. The difference shows up again and again in this remarkable, stylistically diverse manuscript, The Other Side of the Bridge.” – Djelloul Marbrook blogs at www.djelloulmarbrook.com
”These are poems of vivid and compelling energy. Nature is a living presence throughout these poems, which are spontaneous, alert, and rich in transformations. Landscape is this poet’s muse, be it her native Cumbria or Long Island or the Mid West. Memory is also a rich seam for this poet.” - Review of The Other Side of the Bridge Penelope Shuttle
“Geraldine Green’s THE OTHER SIDE OF THE BRIDGE delights with poems that travel from the Lake District to Greece to a Sac and Fox powwow in Oklahoma. Green’s voice is fresh and full of verve. Her sharp sense of place is presented in a fusion of past and present. Her unique music and ability to capture personality through her characters’ chatter enlivens her work. She sees the world as lush and does not skimp in invoking its magic, mystery and myths. Readers can never be sure where her words will carry them, even from the beginning of a phrase to the end of it. The surprises may startle, but each leap of imagination and language quickly seems perfectly apt. This is a volume to be read and re-read.” – Carol Hamilton, former Poet Laureate, Oklahoma
“These are poems brimming with deep generosity. Although a faithful chronicler of Northern life, she holds out her arms to people across the world. She is a listener, a storyteller, working carefully with language to find the colours of reality. She is concerned with humanity, showing tenderness and curiosity in intimate writing revelling in the joys of love, or in poems where she stands as a witness to other times, other places, unafraid of the dark. Giving voice to those who often go unheard, she widens our knowledge and engages our imagination.” – Rose Flint
In September she’ll be a guest poet at the ”Walking with Whitman” Series, Walt Whitman Birthplace Association, Long Island, Jujomukti Tea Lounge, NYC and venues to be arranged in San Francisco. Further info on her work can be found on www.poetrypf.co.uk www.newwritingcumbria.org.uk/only-an-ocean-away/